Sunday, November 30, 2008

Counting Down

By days.

Weeks, months.

By miles run. Vehicles PMCSed. Hallways mopped.

By loads of laundry. By haircuts. By weekends.

Counting down by movies, details, 24 hour shifts at a desk. By oil changes. Holidays. Phone calls.

By morning report and close of business. By beads of sweat. Speeches and safety briefs.

Counting down by New Arrivals, Old Timers riding off into the sunset. By insults between friends.

By stops at the gate to show the ID. By traffic jams on I-5. Gallons of gas. Episode after episode, channel after channel. By infomercial.

By winks and nods.

By clenched jaws and rolled eyes. Moments of clarity and hours of mundane confusion or blind indifference.

Counting down from each time the boots are tied. By pairs of socks peeled off of sweaty feet.

By meals.

By wakeups.

10 comments:

SeanR said...

Hey man, i've been following your posts for a while now and just wanted to say best of luck getting out and moving on.

Peabody said...

So, how many days?

Anonymous said...

You're on your way. They can't stop time and you're still alive, goddamnit. You'll get there!

Anonymous said...

I'm leaving this via chads itouch... u should get me one for Xmas...jk! Hope u enjoy the metallica concert and don't do too much quality control at work ;)
Love you,
Jen

bigD said...

Counting down to Metallica! You lucky son of a %$#@^! Rock on with your bad self and keep tearing those days off the enlisted man's calender. God(s) bless you Ryan.

Infantry Dad said...

Count fast Ryan. Count fast...

Ky Woman said...

Raising a toast for that final day...

membrain said...

Tick, tock, tick, tock........

mamaworecombatboots said...

Whether you want it to or whether you don't, time marches on.

All the best. Hope you continue with your writing.

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